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Daily Prayer - 2012-12-01

Presence

Lord, God, my Creator,
Be close to me now.
My soul yearns for your presence.

Freedom

"In these days, God taught me
as a schoolteacher teaches a pupil" (Saint Ignatius).
I remind myself that there are things God has to teach me yet,
and ask for the grace to hear them and let them change me.

Consciousness

I ask how I am within myself today?
Am I particularly tired, stressed, or off-form?
If any of these characteristics apply,
can I try to let go of the concerns that disturb me?

The Word of God

Luke 21:34-36

Jesus said to the disciples, "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Do I ever suspect that my life may be somewhat superficial? That I am not in touch with my deepest self? That I tend to drift rather than live reflectively? Prayer, of course, helps us to grow in knowledge of self and of God. It also invites us to journey inward to the "still point" of the soul. Do I always accept this invitation or does fear hold me back? Or lack of faith?
  • It is surprising how much of Jesus' advice about preparing for the Second Coming is also relevant to our day-to-day living. For example: "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life". Is anything weighing me down right now? It may be something sinful or it may not. Do I want to be free of this burden? Might Jesus be able and willing to help me? "Be alert at all times, praying"!

Conversation

I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in me? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to me?

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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